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Hearty Pasta Soup Mix

 Hearty Pasta Soup Mix
Warm up loved ones on frosty winter nights with a gift of this hearty, stick-to-the-ribs soup mix from our Test Kitchen. Layered in pretty bow-tied jars, it looks just as good as it tastes! Be sure to include preparation instructions and a list of any additional ingredients needed with your gift card.
14 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried split peas
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 envelope savory herb with garlic soup mix or vegetable soup mix
  • 2 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions

  • In a 1-qt. glass container, layer the first seven ingredients in the
  • order listed. Place the pasta in a 1-qt. resealable plastic bag; add
  • to the jar. Seal tightly. Yield: 1 batch (4 cups).
  • To prepare soup: Remove pasta from top of jar and set aside. Place
  • water in a Dutch oven; stir in soup mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce
  • heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add the chicken, tomatoes and
  • pasta. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes longer or until pasta,
  • peas and lentils are tender. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 173 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 613 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 15 g protein.